Corporations are people. The idea seems strange to people who wonder how a legal fiction can have all the same rights as the individual, but this is not a new idea to law students. The legal structure that allows citizens to form corporations. There is no original supreme court ruling that requires this idea. The legal precedent was set in a 19th century court case against a railroad company. The foot note says that these fictitious persons have all the same rights as corporations. This strange footnote found itself at the center of controversy again in the early 21st century. Lawyers for Citizens United were surprised when the supreme court ruled for the FCC. Many people who never studied law suddenly learned that corporations are legally defined as people.
End Citizens United wants to change or alter this legal definition. It is a political action committee that operates at the grass roots level. Because it wants to end the influence of big money on politics, or dark money as some supporters call it, it wants to operate using only funds donated from contributors only. The organization refuses to accept any corporate donations. The group typically backs Democratic Party candidates who support campaign finance reform, but End Citizens United will back a candidate from any party who wants to see the Citizens United vs FEC decision overturned.
End Citizens United is often more active turning the midterm elections. It hopes to increase voter turnout. It current goal is to replace congressmen and senators who are happy with the current campaign finance laws with candidates who favor ending large corporate influence on American politics. The issue End Citizens United was founded over came to a head during the 2016 presidential campaign. Then Candidate Bernie Sanders, a senator from Vermont, accused the American government being an oligarchy that only represented corporate interests.
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